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Research Report

Initiating an Employee Childcare Program

An innovative strategy for teacher recruitment and retention

March 30, 2023

Key Insights

As childcare options grow increasingly expensive and scarce throughout the U.S., school districts are losing teachers who stay at home with their young children due to a lack of affordable childcare options. In response, some districts have begun providing district-run childcare services for their employees’ children. All profiled districts report their employee childcare centers have improved teacher recruitment and retention efforts.

This brief describes how profiled districts took their employee childcare programs from an idea to fully operational. The report includes implementation challenges, effective solutions, and future innovations for employee childcare programs.

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